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About Clavain

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  • Birthday June 6

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    Nottingham England
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    Books music film birds food cricket curry hedgehogs
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    The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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  1. The Child in Time - TV Drama

    Rambling piece here https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/sep/21/why-do-we-crave-stories-of-lost-children-dont-look-now-child-in-time Looking forward to it
  2. Song Chain

    I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician - The Byrds
  3. Problems with posting

    Be very careful if you use a cleaner on your computer. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/19/ccleaner-2m-users-install-anti-malware-program-security-avast-supply-chain-attack-hack If you have to create a memorable unbreakable password. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/may/21/how-create-perfect-password-hackers-online-accounts-safe I think it;s OK to allow your computer to remember your password if your the only one that uses it and your not visiting dodgy websites.
  4. Swing Time

    I enjoyed the book but like any author you compare it with their previous work and for me this didn't challenge. Aimee and Tracey and their childhood absorbed me and Zadie has a wonderful way with characters and describing the minutiae of everyday life. The Africa/Madonna part and the last third of the book I started to lose my interest. Not Zadies best, certainly worth reading.
  5. 150 yrs of The Shipping Forecast

    Listening to Radio 4 this week and it as been mentioned. Must admit to loving the terminology used in the forecast but the music always makes me smile.
  6. Poetic Wanderings

    Doreen's Poem Sing a song of Yorkshire, from the Humber to the Tees. Of horses, wool and terriers, of pudding and of cheese. I know no other county where the land is quite so fine. England's lovely county. And I'm proud to call it mine. Where shining purple heather stretches far across the moor, and the lapwing's cry above me takes the place of traffic roar. And peace comes drifting gently, there's no place I'd rather be than this land of hills and valleys, from the Pennines to the sea. So when I've done my roaming, and when my step grows slow; when heart and mind assure me that the time has come to go, then let me rest in Yorkshire, for it's there I want to lie 'neath sun and wind and heather… and a gleaming Yorkshire sky. A winning poem and Ian McMillan was one of the judges.
  7. what is everyone doing?

    Today very much in your face football has arrived. Forest fans on the trains, trams and in every pub in Nottingham. Phew they won
  8. Man Booker Prize 2017

    Just started Swing Time by Zadie Smith and have The Underground Railroad on the tbr pile.Keep peeking at the George Saunders and Arundhati Roy books. Interesting selection by the judges this year.
  9. A Lady Doctor!

    At the same time the BBC published the earnings of their top employees, showing a glaring disparity between male and female. Good luck Jodie, I have a feeling you will be one of the greatest Doctors and a big £$%+(! to the misogynistic idiots on social media.
  10. Song Chain

    Cosmic Thing - The B52's
  11. Song Chain

    Crazy Crazy Nights - Kiss
  12. Word Association MkII

  13. Your best reads Jan-June?

    Dan I'm thinking you will love him. Margaret Atwood is one author I've always wanted but never got round to exploring. The Handmaids Tail I read over 30 years ago and now owing to you, the forum and the Channel 4 series I'm looking to start one. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-handmaids-tale Where to start?
  14. Your best reads Jan-June?

    Been quiet for a long time mainly because life can be like that sometimes..Still avidly reading and following the forum. Great half year for me chuntzy. Started with The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Read her first rather strange book After Me Comes The Flood and knew she was an author to watch.Loved this book. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford a book that keeps winning awards and one that will stay with me. The North Water by Ian McGuire a great adventure and again must thank Mr HG for showing me the way. Light by M. John Harrison SF so not everyone's cup of tea but a classic I missed and now on the second in the trilogy. NW by Zadie Smith. 4/5 through the book and I am so in awe of her.Great book
  15. Word Association MkII